Seed companies provide seed to growers. Many people know that the state of California has the largest agricultural economy of all 50 of these United States. What’s less well known is the fact that over one-third of California’s agricultural economy comes from seed production. California continues to be a major producer of vegetable, field crop, and flower seeds, but very little of the seed in question is actually adapted to the needs of a diverse sustainable agriculture system.
Find below a list of organic seed providers whose products we trust and whose businesses we support. Each of these operations is able to provide seed for plants acclimated to our Mediterranean climate. A number of these companies are members of the Open Source Seed Initiative,
- Seed Savers Exchange
3094 North Winn Rd.Decorah, IA 52101563.382.5990
Established back in 1975, when it took root as a simple recognition of need, today’s SSE remains the heirloom growers goto. The groups mission continues to be the conservation and promotion of America’s culturally diverse but endangered garden and food crop heritage by collecting, growing, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants. Using a method dubbed participatory preservation, over 13,000 members do their part to ensure that the diversity (and the local adaptations that come along with it) are actively encouraged and maintained. Whether you find yourself in search of a specific hard to find heirloom variety, have a bit of seed you’d like to share with fellow gardeners, or simply want to try your hand at growing something new, you’d be hard pressed to find better folks to help you achieve your goal.
- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
2278 Baker Creek Rd.Mansfield, MO email@example.com
Baker Creek carries one of the largest selections of seeds from the 19th century, including many Asian and European varieties. The company has grown to be instrumental in promoting and preserving our shared agricultural and culinary heritage. Their seed catalogs are now distributed to over 700,000 gardeners throughout the United States.
- Siskiyou Seeds
3220 East Fork Rd.Williams, OR firstname.lastname@example.org
A supplier of organic, open pollinated, non-GMO heirloom seeds grown on farms located in southern Oregon, Siskiyou is an outstanding source of seed for gardeners and small farmers operating in the Pacific Northwest. The company prides itself on offering well-selected, fresh seed of exceptional vigor and quality.
- The Living Seed Company
PO Box 177Point Reyes Station, CA 94956415.663.8002
Husband and wife team Matthew and Astrid decided to create The Living Seed Company back in 2011. They believe the power of people growing food together and saving their own seeds is one of the best ways to achieve both inner harmony and global prosperity. The Living Seed Company is an organic and heirloom seed company based in Point Reyes Station, serving gardeners in the greater Bay Area and beyond.
- Redwood Seeds
PO Box 431Manton, CA email@example.com
A wonderful family farm business located in the Lassen foothills of California. Founded by Kalan and Cam Redwood in 2009, Redwood Seeds now provides over 200 varieties of seed, including those for vegetables, fruits, herbs, and grains. Specializing in organically grown heirloom (open pollinated) varieties which perform well in our Mediterranean climate, seed production has become a passion for these folks.
- Sustainable Seed Company
355 E. 20th St.Chico CA 95928877.620.seed
A Northern California supplier specializing in rare and exotic certified organic edible, heirloom and ornamental seeds from around the world. The Sustainable Seed Company offers over 1,500 different varieties of seed, over 75% of which is grown on organic farms located right here in California. We can all appreciate a company that has the word “sustainable” in its name.
- Adaptive Seeds
25079 Brush Creek Rd.Sweet Home, OR firstname.lastname@example.org
Adaptive Seeds was established in 2009, and is based at Open Oak Farm near Sweet Home, Oregon. The company is focused on supplying rare, diverse, resilient seed varieties to ecologically-minded farmers, gardeners and seed savers. Their catalog contains both robust productive varieties and rare adaptive gems, and none of their seeds are proprietary hybrids (F1), patented, PVP, or GMO.
- Eloheh Seeds
P.O. Box 935Newberg, OR email@example.com
Couple Edith and Randy Woodley offer vegetable varieties that are open-pollinated and organically-grown. In their seed-saving activities they have been selecting for winter-hardiness, drought tolerance, shape, size, color, and flavor. Best of all, they are all free to be grown again by those who harvest seed from their own plants.
- Restoration Seeds
9969 Wagner Creek Rd.Talent, OR, firstname.lastname@example.org
Restoration Seeds sprouted from a small group of Southern Oregon farmers growing seed for local farmers and gardeners. Today, the company ships open pollinated seeds throughout the United States. The company aims to restore the circle of heirloom seed, make new seed varieties that are savable available, and encourage healthy food sovereignty.
- Uprising Seeds
2208 Iron St.Bellingham, WA email@example.com
A family run organic seed farm, Uprising Seeds represents the culmination of years of fresh market farming, variety trialing, seed production, breeding, and above all a decades-long love affair with food and its power to bring people together. Home farm Uprising Organics was Washington state’s first 100% Certified Organic seed company. Their seed catalog includes offerings from top notch family farms in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and northern California.
- Trade Winds Fruit
P.O. Box 9396Santa Rosa, CA firstname.lastname@example.org
A Northern California supplier that specializes in rare and exotic certified organic edible, heirloom and ornamental seeds from around the world. The Sustainable Seed Company offers over 1,500 different varieties of seed, over 75% of which is grown on organic farms located right here in California. We can all appreciate a company that has the word “sustainable” in its name.
- Seeds of Change
P.O. Box 4908Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220888.762.7333
A southern California operation providing organic seed and promoting sustainable agricultural methods, Seeds of Change serves to direct, monitor, and distribute the growing operations of their unique network of certified organic family farms. The offer both open-pollinated and hybrid seeds, all of which contribute to the agro-biodiversity that is their underlying goal.
- Native Seeds/SEARCH
3061 N. Campbell Ave.Tucson, AZ 85719 email@example.com
An organization focused on enhancing agricultural biodiversity and providing affordable seed to growers located in the southwestern United States and northwestern Mexico. Special emphasis is given to seed security, conservation, and the sharing of appropriate crops. While we sit at the northern most edge of the applicable geography, the seed resource provided here is still worth mentioning.
- TomatoFest Heirloom Tomato Seeds
186 N. Hwy. 1, Suite 140Ft. Bragg, CA. 95437
The tomato is the number one fruit/vegetable grown annually in the United States, so it’s no wonder Gary Ibsen decided to make it the focus of his business. The operation sprouted in 1991 as the Carmel TomatoFest, an event which celebrated this favorite of foods by supplying it to resturants and markets. These days, Gary and his partner Dagma Lacey have shifted gears a bit, spending their time supplying folks with an impressive selection of some 600 varieties of non-hybrid, non-GMO tomato seeds.
- Kitazawa Seed Company
201 4th Street, #206Oakland, CA 94607510.595.1188
Looking for a hard to find seed from the far east? If so, you’d do well to check with Kitazawa Seed Company. Founded in 1917 by Japanese immigrant and one-time seed company apprentice Gijiu Kitazawa, this seed supplier specializes in supplying over 250 varieties of Asian seeds from all across Asia, including Korea, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, and China.
- Wild Garden Seed
P.O. Box 1509Philomath, OR firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2014 Wild Garden Seed, High Mowing Seed and public breeders at three Land Grant Universities (Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin) joined together to release seeds which they have bred, doing so under the auspices of the OSSI. Gardeners should appreciate being able to make use of the open source seed which this Oregon operation provides.
- Lupine Knoll Farm
1225 Messinger Rd.Grants Pass, OR email@example.com
The husband and wife team of Jonathan and Jessie Spero focus specifically on offering original varieties of sweet corn (a handful of varieties of corn they’ve developed), kale, lettuce, and broccoli. They offer other seed as well, most of which is open source.